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Special Screenings of The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D at IMAX

4/29/2010 6:27:40 PM

                                             Nine-time surfing champion Kelly Slater shows why he's the best in the sport inside a giant wave.

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Take Mom to Tahiti Mother’s Day Weekend!
Special Screenings of The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D at IMAX

Chattanooga, Tenn. (April 29, 2010) – Most people instantly envision a tropical paradise whenever Tahiti is mentioned. While this lush South Pacific island may be best known as the essence of beach relaxation, with seemingly endless blue water and sunshine, it’s also a world renowned surfing location. Audiences at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater will get a taste of Polynesia’s stunning beauty and thrilling action when The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D rolls across the giant screen May 8, 9 and 10.

Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater shows why he’s the best in the sport as the film leads viewers on a journey from the crest of monster waves to the ocean floor where colorful sea creatures play beneath the surf. Slater and famed Tahitian waterman, Raimana Van Bastolaer, take on Tahiti’s most extreme surf break known as Teahupo’o. This epic visual experience brings ocean science and the quest for the perfect wave to life. “The film attempts to convey the idea that no two waves are the same. Yet, all waves share common traits”, said director Stephen Low.  “Like Kelly Slater himself – the epitome of what the best surfer in the world should be in terms of athletic prowess, intelligence and courage – to many the wave at Teahupo’o is indeed the ‘ultimate wave’,” continued Low.

Modern surfing and its culture often mention the search for the perfect wave. According to Slater and the world’s most accomplished surfers, Teahupo’o is truly a unique ocean wave, and the perfect classroom to discuss the mystery that is a wave.  This quest is sometimes misunderstood by non-surfers. As key personalities in the film, Slater and Von Bastolaer help to explain where waves come from, why they are important and how people living far from the ocean shore are affected by the ocean’s interplay within our ecosystem. With the use of advanced animation techniques and science support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other authorities, Slater’s hands-on wave experience is woven together with profound scientific insights.

While not a surfing movie per se, Kelly Slater's surfing performance and personality make The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D a thrilling escape to an island paradise many people can vividly imagine, but may never actually visit. The crashing surf and six-story IMAX screen make a virtual vacation possible - but only for a limited time.

Showtimes for The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater:

Saturday, May 8th – 4:00 pm, 6:00pm & 9:00 pm
Mother’s Day - Sunday, May 9th – 11:00 am, 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Monday, May 10th – 4:00 pm

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